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A Salty Tale: Why We Need Less Sodium

2009 Apr 21

The Wall Street Journal

A Salty Tale: Why We Need a Diet Less Rich in Sodium

by Melinda Beck

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"It's 2009 -- several decades after health officials began urging Americans to cut down on salt.

Do you know how much you're consuming?

If you're a typical American, it's about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. That's well beyond the 2,300 mg recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. And it's 15 times as much as the human body requires.

Average sodium intake has increased about 50% since the 1970s. That's largely because we're eating more convenience foods. And, as makers of processed food have cut fat and sugar from their products, they've often added more salt to restore flavor."

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